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Rick Roufus and Doug Kaplan Talk K-1 in LA

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Our good friend Camaro Kev runs a pretty awesome podcast and holds on to his roots as a Kickboxing fan for dear life while still covering MMA, which we are always pleased to see. This week on his show, named Kicking in Zubaz, he spoke with K-1's Chief Operating Officer Doug Kaplan as well as rumored K-1 in Los Angeles fighter Rick "The Jet" Roufus. Overall some interesting tidbits came out from this.

Roufus confirmed his participation on the show, discussing working with Doug Kaplan and Maurice Travis for the LA show. He signed a multi-fight contract that extends into January, which would seem to cover him for this year's World Grand Prix season if he were to move on to the Final 16. There was also a moment where Rick seemingly discovered (or re-discovered) that visiting LiverKick.com is a good idea. The next interview was with Doug Kaplan, and it appears that firstly, the Miami show is still not definite for a location for the Final 16. On the Los Angeles show front, it appears that a proper tournament is not in order, but instead, qualifications for the Final 16. We've heard before that four Heavyweights will move on, which means to expect four Heavyweight fights with Final 16 implications.

Listen to the show here.

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K-1 in Los Angeles: Holding Open Tryouts for Event

K-1 in Los Angeles is rapidly approaching, going down in September at the LA Memorial Sports Center on September 8th. We've heard some rumors about the talent being booked for the event, and there has been an audible groan from a lot of the K-1 fans online about the level of competition rumored to be on display. There have been a few changes to the card, as it was originally believed to be the American GP, winner moves on to the K-1 World Grand Prix Final 16, and then we were informed that there would not be a tournament, but just Superfights. Apparently, that has changed again, as Doug Kaplan, K-1's Chief Operating Officer has taken to the internet forums to attempt to assuage the fears of fans and assure them that there will be news shortly. On top of that, he declared that the show in Los Angeles would feature two tournaments -- Heavyweight and MAX -- with the respective winners moving on to the Final 16. It wasn't exactly clear how this will work, as he noted four winners moving on to the Final 16, which at Heavyweight would seem preposterous and at MAX wouldn't make sense as there was already a Final 16, but I'm sure it will be worked out shortly.

The names that we've heard kicked around from reliable sources for the Heavyweight field are Steve Banks, Rick Cheek, Eddie Walker, Deutsch Pu'u and Rick Roufus. It isn't clear if they are all in the tournament or not, but each fighter has made statements to the effect of fighting on this card.

Today K-1 did something curious as they changed their Facebook banner photo to what you see above; claiming open tryouts at Muscle Beach in July. There is even a Facebook event created for it. The only requirements so far are that you need to be over 145lbs. It is an interesting approach as it looks like both tournaments will be filled out by whomever they "discover" in this open tryouts process. An interesting name that has already RSVP'd for it is American Muay Thai fighter Joe Schilling. Schilling seems like an obvious choice, as he might not be fighting at Heavyweight, a good portion of the names already mentioned are not traditional Heavyweights, either.

We'll keep you updated on this as it happens. Keep your eyes peeled to K-1's Facebook for more information.

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Kyotaro's Boxing Success Continues

kyotaroFormer K-1 Heavyweight Champion Kyotaro Fujimoto continues his unbeaten streak in his boxing career with a win over Clarence Tillman on Wednesday in Osaka, bringing his post-K-1 boxing record to 4-0. Sadly no word on if he'd consider fighting for K-1 or Glory, but it seems like he is very comfortable within his new home of boxing and is being seen as a good prospect. Fightnews.com has a breakdown of the bout.

"Kyotaro, eight years his junior at 26, was formerly a K-1 fighter, having scored some good victories prior to his entry into the international style fighting last year. The Japanese young man, handled by his manager Kenichi Hagimori, technically improved after training for three weeks in Perth, Australia, where he experienced good sparring sessions with big boys there at Harry’s Gym. Kyotaro swarmed over the slower Tillman from the outset, and averted his retaliation well with his faster footwork. The third saw Kyotaro pin him to the ropes with a fusillade of punches and deck him with a thud. The game New Zealander attempted to pull himself up, but failed to beat the count. We saw Kyotaro steadily improving in every fight."

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Badr Hari Has Baby Mama Drama

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As our astute readers are well aware now, the bad boy himself, Badr Hari, has become a bit of a celebrity of late in the celeb gossip columns in Europe for his affair with Dutch soccer legend Ruud Gullit's wife, Estelle. Many doubted the validity at first, but Estelle herself has come out and discussed it and even spoke about the two being in love. This apparently came as a shock to his former girlfriend, Daphne, as she had just given birth to their child five weeks ago. Up until last week when the news about Badr and Estelle became public, Daphne was very serious about her relationship with Badr and was planning on their family life together, and is now understandably upset.

It is unclear if Badr has spoken to her at all, as there was a statement issued through a representative of his saying he understood that she is upset and promises to help raise their child.

Many fans have been looking for answers when it comes to his recent performance just three weeks ago at K-1 Rising in Madrid. LiverKick had heard through a confidential source close to Hari that he had recently had a child with his girlfriend, but that the relationship was in trouble and plaguing him weeks prior. A gambling man would bet that issues like this dancing around in his head would not help him prepare for a fight or even participate in one. Heres hoping to a resolution to this and for Badr to be able to enter his next fight with a clear mind.

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